Another week another interview. This week it’s my pleasure to be interviewing Tiffany DuBeau, author of Lotus, due this fall.
Serendipitous writer, mother, and animal lover, changing the world one word at a time. Living on Canada’s east coast with her partner, daughter and two cats, Tiffany likes to spend her time at the ocean’s edge, adding to her blanket collection, scouring the racks at thrift shops, planting food with her little pixie, and of course, playing with words!
Before graduating from the Atlantic Flight Attendant Academy in 2006, and moving to Alberta to begin her electrical apprenticeship in 2009, Tiffany carelessly navigated the muddy waters of her traumatic childhood and rebellious adolescent years. In 2011, she moved home, expecting her first child, and dove headfirst into writing her story. She shared her experiences on her late blog, Serendipity, as a means to overcome and move on from her tribulations. Humbled by thousands of views and tremendous feedback, Tiffany knew this was only the beginning.
Aspiring to touch the hearts of those who struggle with letting go of the past, her first book, Lotus, due out in the fall of 2016, is a true story based on her experiences growing up and how her choices were directly related to harrowing events in her life. Tiffany aims to show you how to love yourself, overcome your past and be the best you possible.
Hi Tiffany, thank you for agreeing to this interview. As you’ve already given us an insight into who you are (blankets and pixies), shall we get straight into the interview:
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It started with apology stories I would write to my mom when I was in trouble. Scratched in crayon on any scrap of paper I could find. I would slip it under the door and wait for her to pick it up. With my ear pressed against the door, as soon as I heard her snicker, I knew I was off the hook. I knew I wanted to become a writer when I realized my words were powerful, even at age five. Writing has always been my most positive outlet; short stories, poems, you name it. I have always felt like I could effectively express myself with writing as opposed to speaking or other art forms. It’s my passion, I am harnessing it now and I have never felt so liberated.
2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I hope to continue writing for a living. I am already working on my next novel and have several stories floating around in my brain, dying to be heard. I am starting to touch on the idea of freelance and ghost writing as well. The entire industry is so vast, I am so green. All I know is I love writing. When you partner your passions with your ways of life, only good things can happen.
3. Which writers inspire you?
My number one inspiration is Robin Sharma, who is also a Nova Scotian! He has such inspiring words. He redefines success and through his works, I have been enlightened and inspired to document my own journey and to guide those who need help.
4. So, what have you written?
I have an abundance of poems that I have written since a young girl. I started a blog a few years ago, which actually has turned into my first book, Lotus, due this fall! It is a self-help book designed to help you let go of your past and truly love yourself. I may or may not have written product descriptions for adult toys back in 2009. It was a fly-by-night gig that I really don’t have the proof to back up my contribution but I will never forget being walked in on staring at a row of dildos in my office!
5. What are you working on at the minute?
While Lotus is in production, I am working on an erotic thriller, a sci-fi/ new world story, and a sci-fi thriller.
6. Why do you write?
I write because I love to tell stories. I have read so many books that I have gotten completely lost in; I want to be on the other side of the page now. I want to get people lost in my stories. I want to create characters that people fall in love with, or absolutely despise. It is so fun imagining and creating this completely
different world to get inside people’s heads. I am also terrible at speaking lol. My words sound way better on paper than they do coming from my mouth.
7. Where do your ideas come from?
I have quite an active and vivid imagination. I find myself in weird situations, the wheels start moving and all of a sudden a whole story is weaving itself in my head. For example, my erotic thriller definitely has some truthful scenarios, perhaps my way of getting back at my “victims” 😉 I also feel like I have different personalities or characters, when I write, I get to be them for a little while. It’s extremely satisfying.
8. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I am definitely more of a “just start writing, it will flow naturally” kind of writer. I am toying with the idea of an outline and a plot for the next one. However, inspiration strikes me at the weirdest times so it’s hard to plan for that. I find it difficult to sit down and force this stuff out. I much rather prefer just getting it all out first and then organizing later.
9. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I have definitely evolved into a more mature writer since I really started to understand what was happening with me. I used to write with a lot of pain but through that painful writing, I have had a lot of revelations and can use writing for other things to constantly improve my skills.
10. What is the hardest and easiest things about writing?
The hardest thing about writing, so far in my experience, is believing in your capabilities and accepting constructive criticism. It is a tough industry and it’s even tougher swallowing your pride to take heat from critics. The easiest thing? Coming up with the ideas. I will never be able to tell all the stories I want to tell in this lifetime.
11. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I do read quite often, I usually have a couple of books on the go at once. As mentioned before, my favourite author is Robin Sharma. But I do enjoy JK Rowling, James Rollins, Paul Doherty, Joe Abercrombie, and John Connolly to name a few.
12. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I see benefits for both publishing options. I decided to self-publish Lotus because it’s a very personal story and I wanted to have complete control over it. In the future, I will definitely consider traditional publishing.
13. Do you have any advice for other budding authors?
Just write. Never stop writing. Even if your work flops. To me, it isn’t a business, it’s a way of life and you can never give up on your way of life. I can’t say it enough, just write!
14. How do you relax?
I am a beach bum and fortunate to live next to the Atlantic so there’s nothing that soothes my soul more than sand, salt water and sunshine.
15. What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book is The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma. It is a remarkable tale of a hot-shot lawyer who has a heart attack in a crowded courtroom and has this revelation that there is so much more to life than material possessions. So, as the title suggests, he sells his Ferrari, ventures to the Himalayas and lives with monks for some time. I first read the book when I was 16; my late grandmother leant it to me and I have read it about 6 times more since then. Incredible, eye-opening lessons in this book that are applicable to everyone.
Wow! Thanks for the interview. I will be definitely buying a copy of Lotus, and keeping an eye out for all future works, especially the erotic thriller!
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